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Explain how the authors create tension and suspense in "The Body Snatcher" by Robert Louis Stevenson and "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the two stories tension and suspense is created through many different methods. Weather and time of day are very popular scene settings to make the perfect moment in a tension story. Thunderous skies and pelting rain on a dark night has more of a chilling feel to it than a sweet summers day with sunflowers and butterflies flapping around. Of course there are times and places for such story writing, but it would not fit the mood for a Sherlock Holmes story. In "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the drama and suspense begins immediately, and the reader is given almost a description of what he or she is in store for. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle makes it known directly that Sherlock Holmes only accepts cases to solve that seem out of the ordinary, and he is about to be prompted into quite an unordinary situation. This places the reader in a quizzing state of mind, so already the reader's attention has been grasped, and throughout the story like a detective the reader will pick at each detail of the story. ...read more.


From this and an earlier description of him by his stepdaughter, from which we learn that he has killed two people already we realise that he has particularly violent tendencies. Suspense is created by the description of Roylott as such a dangerous character, and because of this we fear for the safety of Holmes, Watson and Miss Hudson. Our picture of Roylott as a dangerous and violent man is reinforced when he bends the poker with his bare hands and then hurls it into the fireplace 'snarling' at Holmes before leaving. Watson and Holmes, intrigued by the case that Helen has presented them with, soon find their way to the house of Dr. Roylott to examine Julia's room, where Helen was presently sleeping due to reconstruction. This brings tension to the story immediately, because Helen is sleeping in the room where her Sister was murdered, at a time so close to her wedding. As you can see all the pieces are slowly slotting together, and the picture is becoming a lot clearer and it seems not that all these things are slotting into place just my coincidence. ...read more.


Knowing that the ventilator is the only possible way of Roylott connecting himself between the two rooms, it is obvious that it has something to do with the murder of Julia. When the snake drops through the ventilator, under the darkness we cannot see anything, the dark itself is tense enough, but to be attacked by a creature in the dark, or to be attacking a creature in the dark, is a very anxious moment in the story, and it is where the Tension peaks. Hearing the scream of Dr. Roylott only means that the story has ended in the same way as any decent detective story would have, the villain has ended up dead due to his own devious deeds, and the innocent can life without fearing. In Conclusion I believe that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has created tension very well in his story, and by making the evidence slot together piece by piece it also allows the reader to interact with the story itself, trying to guess the conclusion before you reach the end of the story. There are certain "red herrings" in the story such as the gypsies being mentioned for no apparent reason, and the little involvement the cheetah had in the story, but if were not kept on our toes then it wouldn't be so suspenseful... ...read more.

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